Phocas vs. Sisense (visual BI solutions comparison)
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Phocas vs. Sisense (visual BI solutions comparison)

Phocas and Sisense are vastly different products. A quick look at how each is positioned, and it’s clear that despite the fact they are often compared side-by-side, Sisense and Phocas are not interested in reaching the same customers. Phocas is a solution for all businesspeople, regardless of their tech skill, who want to automate data analysis. Sisense describes itself as the “only independent analytics platform for builders today” and is looking for power users. This blog compares how the two visual BI solutions provide business people access to data and how users rate the experience.

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Job Role - IT, Reviews and Recognition

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Phocas vs. Sisense (visual BI solutions comparison)

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Phocas and Sisense are vastly different products. A quick look at how each is positioned, and it’s clear that despite the fact they are often compared side-by-side, Sisense and Phocas are not interested in reaching the same customers. Phocas is a solution for all businesspeople, regardless of their tech skill, who want to automate data analysis. Sisense describes itself as the “only independent analytics platform for builders today” and is looking for power users. This blog compares how the two visual BI solutions provide business people access to data and how users rate the experience.

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Job Role - IT, Reviews and Recognition

Data analytics helps Sistema ‘klip-IT’ on production efficiencies

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Sistema means ‘system’ in Italian and also signifies the company’s systematic approach to manufacturing,which has helped the New Zealand business take on the world. A leading manufacturer of food storage containers, Sistema’s success is two-fold. It makes a clever product that people want to buy repeatedly. And it’s obsessed about innovatively making the product to ensure ongoing global competitiveness. 

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Topics: Case Study, Industry - Manufacturing, Job Role - IT, ERP - Epicor

Hot or cold, Insco uses a data analytics solution to keep revenue strong all-year-round

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Insco is a wholesale distributor of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment (HVAC/R), stocking 15,000 parts and supplies across 37 branches in Texas and Oklahoma.The replacement side of the business is Insco’s speciality, and the company was built on the adage, ‘best product, best service, best people.’ After 60+ years in business, Insco’s team continues to deliver on this commitment. In the face of growing competition, the need for reliable data is mandatory. So an easy-to-use, data analytics solution was deployed.

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Topics: Case Study, Job Role - IT, Industry - HVAC/Plumbing, ERP - Epicor

3 steps to successful data analysis with business intelligence

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So, your business intelligence tool is in place. Quality data is starting to flow from databases and resources into the central database. The next critical process for business intelligence success is analysis.

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Job Role - IT, Strategy, Management and Performance, Job Role - Executive

Phocas vs. Microsoft Power BI

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Find out how Phocas compares to Microsoft Power BI in the world's largest survey of business intelligence customers, BARC the BI survey 19.

What Microsoft Power BI has on its side when people are considering business intelligence, is high brand awareness. Instead, Phocas business intelligence is more targeted and concentrates on solving the data problems of specific industries it serves, which is manufacturing, distribution and retail.

When we review how this plays out in BARC, people do consider Power BI more but customers are more satisfied with Phocas. To learn more...

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Job Role - IT, Reviews and Recognition

Static reports vs business intelligence

What is the difference between traditional static reports and business intelligence? Static reports are often about a set timeframe such as the last quarter of results, and you have to consider all the elements that you'll need when preparing them. In contrast, BI provides more flexibility.  In this blog, we will explore how static reports compare to real-time business intelligence so you can be better informed about what your business needs. 

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Job Role - IT, Strategy, Management and Performance, Dynamic reporting

Automation strategies for mid-market businesses

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When automation is done well, it accomplishes more than just saving time and money. It minimizes errors, improves productivity, increases employee satisfaction, and enhances the customer experience. When incorporated into a business strategy, employees get more done, in the same amount of time, allowing them to focus on the important objectives of their role.

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Job Role - IT, Strategy, Management and Performance

When intuition can help the decision making process

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Want to live the future backwards? A lesson learned during my course at Stanford is how intuition affects our decision making, positively and negatively. And the need for strategies to manage these feelings. Stanford Professor, Hayagreeva 'Huggy' Rao, introduced me to Gary Klein’s brilliant tool, called the premortem. The idea is to discuss all the things that can go wrong with a project before getting started. Effectively you 'put all the underground doubts above the ground.’ 

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Topics: Job Role - Sales, Job Role - IT, Job Role - Executive, decision-making

When decision making is so tough that even rocket scientists get it wrong

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Typically, having loads of data is overwhelming for a decision-maker, unless it can be consolidated and presented in a way that is useful and makes a point. One of the communication lessons from the Challenger disaster in 1986 is the way unclear information provided to NASA, affected the decision to go ahead with the launch of the rocket. The horror of the catastrophe overshadows the story of how it happened. Academics and journalists tend to focus on the political or economic bias of the decision-makers as the root cause. Not on the data presentation, and how the critical factor of temperature and how it affects O-ring performance, was not made clear to the rocket scientists. 

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Topics: Case Study, Job Role - Sales, Job Role - IT, Job Role - Executive

Transform your IT team into a strategic asset

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As advancements in technology continue to alter the way we do business, the role and function of the IT department must also adapt. IT managers need to consider ways to shift the IT department from the role of a cost center to a strategic asset. By developing innovative strategies that marry technology with business goals, your IT department can be your company’s competitive edge and drive efficiencies and superior customer service.

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Topics: Job Role - Finance, Job Role - IT

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